Regent University Commencement Information

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

This year, we have the distinct honor of graduating our largest class of future Regent Alumni, with more than 2,100 registered graduates to date – and counting! We will be welcoming your family and friends for the largest attendance of our two-day graduation celebration in our history!

Explore below for more information about your important celebration! If you have additional questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office. We look forward to helping you prepare for this significant milestone!

2018 Commencement Video

Commencement

Below is an overview of your important two-day celebration:

Regent’s College of Arts & Sciences Commissioning & Walking Ceremony will now take place on Saturday, May 12.

Regent’s School of Law, School of Psychology & Counseling, School of Divinity, Robertson School of Government, School of Education, School of Business & Leadership, and Communication & the Arts Commissioning & Walking Ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 11.

This event acknowledges your academic achievements as we prayerfully commission you to serve the world as Christian leaders in your chosen field. The schedule includes:

  • Dean’s welcome
  • Charge from our Founder and Chancellor, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
  • Presentation of Outstanding Student Awards
  • Formal reading of graduate names
  • Faculty prayer of commissioning with each graduate

University Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 9:15 a.m. at the University Library Plaza. Graduates must arrive no later than 8 a.m. dressed in their regalia.  This corporate celebration honors the Lord and is an exciting culmination of our journey together. The schedule includes:

  • A processional of our graduates and faculty
  • A charge from our Founder and Chancellor
  • A keynote address from a distinguished speaker
  • Formal recognition of graduates corporately by school

Graduates must RSVP for both of these ceremonies (and secure admission for guests of their Commissioning & Walking Ceremony) in Genisys through the MyRegent Portal.

Take note of the following steps to prepare for participation in graduation:

1. Fulfill your degree/certificate requirements.

Ensure that you are on track to complete your degree requirements as anticipated. You may want to check in with your academic advisor if you have questions or concerns. Please review the Degree Clearance section in this tab for more information on the process. For information regarding your specific paperwork, please contact your staff advisor or your school’s academic/student services manager.

2. Submit your Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office.

Deadline dates to submit graduation applications are as follows:

September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation

3. A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

Students who are not approved to graduate for either the degree or certificate in the semester stated on the application must file another application in a subsequent semester. Certificate applications are accepted year round; however, students earning a certificate only do not participate in the Commencement ceremony.

4. Pay the appropriate graduation fee in the Business Office or online via Genisys.

This fee is assessed only one time per degree/certificate earned. The fee applies regardless of when all graduation requirements are completed.

  • $70 – JD, LL.M., Ed.S. and all Doctorate
  • $60 – All Other Degrees
  • $30 – Certificates

5. Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.

Federal regulations state that students who have borrowed federal student loans (Stafford, PLUS, Perkins) are required to participate in a Student Loan Exit Interview. You must complete your Student Loan Exit Counseling before you can receive your final official transcript and diploma. You can also attend an on-campus exit counseling group session at the end of the semester. If you have questions, please contact Central Financial Aid at 757.352.4125 or finaid@regent.edu

6. Order regalia.

Graduates must wear the standard regalia from Oak Hall. The Oak Hall website is no longer open for regalia orders. For approved graduates who did not order online, extra regalia will be available for purchase during the pick-up dates and times listed on step 8. We will not “reserve” regalia for those who did not order from the Oak Hall website. Graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. During the Commencement Ceremony, dual/joint degree students should wear only the hood of the degree with which they are sitting.

You may also order announcements, rings, diploma frames and other graduation related items online from Herff Jones. (Please use the Mozilla Firefox browser to order from Herff Jones.)

7. RSVP for participation in Commencement and Commissioning.

The Registrar’s Office will accept RSVPs for Commencement 2018 via Genisys from noon on Thursday, February 8 until Friday, April 20. To RSVP for Commencement:

  • Login to Genisys, and select the “Student Services” tab at the top of the page.
  • Select the “Commencement & Commissioning RSVPs” link.
  • If you have submitted a graduation application for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018, you will be directed to the May 2018 Commencement RSVP page. If you have not applied, you will not be permitted to RSVP through Genisys.
  • Select “Yes” if you plan to participate in the Commencement (only) on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Select “No” if you will not participate in the Saturday Commencement.
  • If attending Commencement, please also indicate if Special Accommodations are required (for graduates only.)
  • Click Submit to proceed to your Commissioning RSVP.

Alumni who graduated prior to Fall 2017 and who have been approved to participate in Commencement 2018, or students who no longer have access to Genisys, must complete the RSVP Form and, if applicable, the Special Accommodations Form

8. Pick up your regalia.

For students who ordered their regalia to be shipped to Regent University, regalia must be picked up on campus at the Student Center. You must present a picture ID to pick up your regalia. Regalia will only be released to someone other than the graduate if the graduate has submitted prior written consent to the Registrar’s Office. Emailed consent must be sent from the graduate’s Regent email account.

Pick-up dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary
  • Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary
  • Thursday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary
  • Friday, May 11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary
  • Regalia may also be picked up the morning of Commencement, beginning at 7:30 a.m.; however, you are strongly encouraged to pick up your regalia in advance.

9. Attend Commissioning and Commencement.

Commencement 2018 will be held on the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The processional begins promptly at 9:15 a.m., so make sure you arrive to line up no later than 8 a.m. (fully dressed in your regalia, including hood and cap). Graduate line-up takes place on the sidewalk in front of the Administration Building and extends down the sidewalk to the Library. In the past, the ceremony has ended at approximately noon.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible. Graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

Prospective graduates should regularly check their Regent email account in 2018 for email communications regarding Commencement.

Use #regentgrad18 between now and Commencement day for the chance to have your photo or tweet displayed on the big screen at Commencement. Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.

Please complete your graduation application.

Application Deadlines
September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation
Deadlines are for submission of the application, not payment of the graduation fee.

A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

Effective with the December 2017 graduating class, baccalaureate degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on work attempted at Regent University. GPAs are NOT rounded up:

Summa Cum Laude: 4.00 cumulative GPA

Magna Cum Laude: 3.95-3.99 cumulative GPA

Cum Laude: 3.85-3.94 cumulative GPA

The cum laude designations apply only to undergraduate candidates who have completed 25% or more of their coursework (a minimum of 30 institutional credits) at Regent University. Candidates for Latin Honors will be designated in the Commencement and Commissioning programs according to final grades submitted by March 15. Official designations will be determined after all courses have been completed and grades submitted for the degree. These designations will be noted on the awardees’ official academic transcripts and diplomas.

Please review the Degree Clearance section above for information on requirements and timelines for the issuance of diplomas or certificates and complimentary copies.

  • Graduates must report any errors on their diploma within 30 days of receiving the diploma. If errors are not reported within this time-frame, graduates will be charged a replacement fee (see below).
  • If your diploma has been lost or damaged, you may order a replacement diploma by submitting a Diploma Replacement Form to the Registrar’s Office. The fee is $30 for diplomas issued after July 1, 2006 and $50 for replacement of a diploma issued prior to July 2006.
  • Fees may be paid online through the Business Office website by selecting “Transcript Payment” under “Miscellaneous Payments” or by check or money order payable to:Regent University
    Registrar’s Office, SC 218
    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Commissioning & Walking

Regent University’s Commissioning Services are sacred rituals where you’re invited to reflect and worship among your peers, and acknowledge your academic achievement. As you prepare to leave school and enter the world, your family members and close friends are welcome to join this cherished and significant tradition.

This event will prayerfully commission you to serve the world as a Christian leader in your chosen field. The schedule includes:

  • Dean’s welcome
  • Charge from our Founder and Chancellor, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
  • Presentation of Outstanding Student Awards
  • Formal reading of graduate names
  • Faculty prayer of commissioning with graduates
  • Hooding of graduate students

Additional information will be available during Countdown to Commencement which will likely take place in mid-February 2019.

Directions & Hotel

We look forward to hosting you at our beautiful Regent University campus. To assist you in your travels, please follow Google Maps for general directions to campus. As you exit the interstate at Indian River Road, the instructions below will guide you to commencement parking:

From Interstate 64 (East or West)

  1. Take exit 286B from Interstate 64 at Indian River Road. The far right-hand lane immediately merges into Regent University Drive. Do NOT take this road.
  2. Continue on Indian River Road for approximately 0.3 miles. At the first stop light, on the right, is the entrance to The Founders Inn and Spa. You will stay on Indian River Road, continuing past this entrance.
  3. Continue on Indian River Road .3 miles to the second light. Turn right onto Centerville Turnpike.
  4. Continue on Centerville Turnpike approximately .3 miles to the first light. Turn right onto CBN Center Drive, where you will immediately see a guard station.
  5. Continue on CBN Center Drive a very short distance, passing the guard station on your left. At the stop sign immediately beyond the guard station, turn left into Visitor Parking (Lot “L” on the campus map).
  6. Additional signs and hosts will be available to guide you to your final destination.

Shuttle Buses: These will run continually from each parking lot to the library plaza from 8:30 am to approximately 1:30 pm. Please look for the color-coded shuttle sign in each parking lot, and the drivers will be happy to escort you and your guests to the public seating area.

Note: Please plan approximately 10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the ceremony site near the Library. Also, in your travel plans, please factor in time for significant commencement traffic as you near the Regent campus as well as long lines for parking as all vehicles will be directed to enter Regent from the Centerville Turnpike entrance.

Founders Inn and Spa

Located on Regent University’s Campus (www.foundersinn.com )
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757.366.5700
1.800.926.4466

The Founders Inn and Spa’s blend of old world beauty and colonial era charm is reflected in the newly renovated comfortable, yet dignified, ambiance of every guest room. The timeless Founders Inn and Spa pampers guests with the comforts of home, concierge attention and hi-tech conveniences. Select guest rooms with fireplaces and views of the serene lake and lovely Colonial garden are especially unforgettable.

Guest Services Include:

  • Concierge
  • Laundry/dry cleaning service
  • Valet parking
  • Fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Full-service Flowering Almond Spa
  • Full-service business center
  • Wireless and hardwired Internet access
  • Movie night every Friday (subject to cancellation without notice)
  • Shuttle service (call 757.424.5511 for further details)
  • Children 8 & under eat free in Swan Terrace restaurant with a paying adult

The Founders Inn and Spa is pleased to offer:

  • Federal per diem rates year round to all DoD and Federal Government travelers.
  • Military and government meeting packages are also available, contact the Sales Department at 757.366.5716 for more information.

Severe Weather

Severe Weather Plan: The Commencement Ceremony will not be moved for non-severe weather conditions. Graduates will be provided with disposable clear ponchos at the graduate line-up in case of heavy rain. In the rare event of dangerous weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be delayed.

Severe Weather Notification: If the ceremony is delayed due to dangerous weather, notification will be sent via Regent Alert and posted to the Regent University website. Guests should call the Regent Hotline at 757.352.4777 for a recorded message with full severe weather details. Guests at The Founders Inn and Spa will be given written notices at their doors.

FAQs

Ceremonies and Logistics

Commencement is Saturday, May 11, 2019, and the processional will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. Graduates need to arrive no later than 8 a.m. for the line-up. Please allow for traffic in your travel time, as the roads leading to Regent are always congested on the day of Commencement. Graduates and guests should also allow ample time to go through security checkpoints that will be set up throughout the Regent campus. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.

We anticipate that the Commencement Ceremony will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

The Commencement Ceremony will take place on the Library Plaza of the Regent campus.

The main parking area will be in the lot south of the Communication building on Centerville Turnpike (Lot L on the campus map). Guests are asked to enter the campus from the Centerville Turnpike entrance, where they will be directed to available parking areas. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests from these sites to the shuttle stop closest to the Library Plaza. Parking is available for persons with disabilities displaying a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate. Please let the parking attendent directing traffic know you need parking for persons with disabilities and you will be directed to the correct lot. The library lot is reserved for commencement staff only. Please follow the instructions of the parking attendants in all open Regent and Founders Inn lots. Regent Village residents are asked not to drive. Shuttles will run between the Village and the Library for your convenience.

Graduates ONLY may use the restrooms located on the first floor of the Classroom Building from 7 – 9 a.m. Security will allow graduates access through the front center doors only. The CRB restrooms are the closest restrooms to the graduate line-up.

Restrooms for all other guests will be located in the Student Center and Robertson Hall. Please view the campus map for location details. There will also be temporary comfort stations on campus.

Flowers and T-shirts with a listing of all graduate names will be available for sale at location G on the campus map located on the last page of your Commencement program.

You may also purchase items for graduates online prior to the ceremony.

The Regent Gift Shop will also be open:
M-Th: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
F: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sa: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Additional information will be available during Countdown to Commencement which will likely take place in mid-February 2019.

Alumni who graduated prior to Fall 2017 and who have been approved to participate in Commencement 2018, or students who no longer have access to Genysis, must complete the Special Accommodations Form and return it to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

Regalia

No. All graduates must purchase and wear the standard regalia offered by a regalia company of the university’s choice (Oak Hall). In addition to regalia, men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts and comfortable shoes (flats or low wedges). Comfortable shoes are essential for graduates as there will be significant periods of standing (over one hour) and brisk walking. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Please note that graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible.

Undergraduate Latin honors recipients will be awarded an honor stole to wear with their regalia. These honor stoles are given during regalia distribution.

Additionally, students who have served in elected positions for the Council of Graduate Students, Regent Undergraduate Council, or the College Student Leadership Board may wear the recognition cords provided by the University if they completed their term of office or left the position in good standing. These recognition cords will be distributed by the Student Services Department.

Active duty military and veterans receive recognition cords from the Military Affairs Office. Members of the following university-sanctioned academic honor societies may wear their organization’s approved honor cord only, no additional pins, tassels, stoles, medallions or other insignia are permitted. Honor Society students are responsible for ordering their own cords. Approved honor societies: Alpha Phi Sigma, Beta Phi, Chi Sigma Iota, Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Alpha Delta, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Beta Delta

Graduates must wear the standard regalia from Oak Hall. Additional information will be available during Countdown to Commencement which will likely take place in mid-February 2019.

Graduates who have ordered regalia but are unable to pick up their regalia during distribution hours may designate someone to pick up their regalia on their behalf. In order to do so, please fax (757.352.4033) or drop off (SC 218) a signed permission letter to the Registrar’s Office. The letter must specify your name, your student ID or DOB, and the name of the individual being permitted to pick up your regalia. We will not accept typed or cursive font signatures. Alternately, you can send your consent via email from your Regent email account to registrar@regent.edu. Please be sure that you inform the individual picking up your regalia that s/he will be asked to present photo ID.

Men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts. All graduates should wear comfortable shoes (flats or low wedges). Graduates spend a significant amount of time standing (over one hour) and walking briskly. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible.

Regent University’s colors are kelly green and royal blue.

Guests

For commencement, there is no limit; however, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so guests should arrive early. Please contact your school for information on the number of guests you may invite to your commissioning service.

Guests will be able to view the ceremony via closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall (family-friendly) or the Chapel. Signs will be present in the lobbies of both buildings.

Elderly guests may prefer to view the ceremony indoors via closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall or the Chapel.

Yes. Regent provides an interpreter and special seating for deaf guests at the Commencement Ceremony. Seating for the deaf is located to the right of the graduate seating (when facing the stage) and will be labeled.

Attendants will be on hand at each parking area during commencement. Parking is available for persons with disabilities displaying a hang tag, decal, or license plate. Please let the parking attendant directing traffic know you need parking for persons with disabilities and you will be directed to the correct lot.

Shuttles will be available to transport graduates and guests who park in the main visitor parking lot (Lot “L” by the Communications building) and the Amerigroup parking lot to the shuttle stop closest to the ceremony.

Guests with disabilities or limited mobility may sit in any of the guest seating areas. All chairs are easily moved to accommodate wheelchairs and ushers will be moving through the seating areas to assist guests as needed; however, Regent is unable to provide wheelchairs for guests. Guests may also watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV Robertson Hall or the Chapel.

After the Commencement Ceremony, golf cart stations will be set up to help transport guests requiring special accommodations. The locations will be clearly labeled.

Regent welcomes families to commencement, and guests with children may sit in any of the guest seating areas. All chairs are easily moved and ushers will be moving through the seating areas to assist guests as needed. We do ask that guests be careful not to block the aisles with strollers.

Guests with children may also watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall. In addition, Robertson Hall will have a family-friendly room for children who may need some space to move, as well as a room for mothers and infants. There will signs in the lobby to indicate where to go.

Reservations for The Founders Inn, located on the Regent University campus, may be made by calling 757.366.5700 or 1.800.926.4466. Additionally, a list of nearby hotels is available for the convenience of Regent graduates and their families.

The Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn usually offers a luncheon buffet for graduates and their families. The Regent Ordinary is typically open as well.

Please also visit Café Moka in the Student Center (#5 on the campus map), our on-campus specialty coffee shop, which serves handcrafted coffee and coffee-based beverages.

Diplomas and Miscellaneous

Commencement announcements, diploma frames, and class rings can be ordered through Herff Jones.

Doctoral and Juris Doctor diplomas are 15″x20″. The diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s programs, the Ed.S., the LL.M., and all certificate programs are 11″x14″. The A.A. diploma is 8.5″x11″. All diplomas are printed in portrait (vertical) orientation.

No. Degrees are posted after final grades are issued and verification of all graduation requirements has been completed. Students receive an automatic email notification when their degree is posted. Final transcripts are sent once your degree is posted, and diploma orders are submitted on the last business day of each month. Diplomas are sent directly to the graduate from the printer and typically take 4-6 weeks from the date of the order to arrive.

Please visit the Registrar’s Office website for more diploma information.

Use #regentgrad19 and you may have your photo, tweet, etc. displayed on the big screen prior to the ceremony. Search for #regentgrad19 across social media to see what others are posting.

You can reach the Alumni Relations office by phone at 757.352.4122 or by email. You can also stay connected by registering with the Regent online community.

All pending graduates currently have access to www.regentalumni.org. The community provides students and alumni with social networking tools, job listings, alumni directories, and other resources. To start taking advantage of these tools, please visit the website and follow the instructions for first time login. If you have any issues or need assistance please contact Michelle McGrath at mmcgrath@regent.edu or 757.352.4122.